I often wonder why writing can create a block. I know for many years I wanted to write. Everyday we are doing some type of writing, yes emails can count. I knew there was an unmistakable yearning within me to write something expressive, creative.
I had no idea where to start. I remember back in college I had a theatre class on playwriting. We had to do just that, write a one act play by the end of the course. In that semester we covered the ins and outs of how to and the do of playwriting. I found the do was the most difficult. I was unsure of my voice, what to say, how to say it, what would people say… and the ultimate critic would arise, me. I found all kinds of doubts, excuses and reasons not to write. FEAR.
Over the past few years since it became apparent I was looking to express myself from the outside world. I started writing in a diary, I mean they call them journals now. The space inside the journal pages was fueling my voice. It was private, non judgmental and gave me a chance to dabble along with words.
I have to laugh looking back at all my filled journals as I was “hand” writing them, not typing them on a computer. Since I have what someone once called, “expressive handwriting” which meant my handwriting is hard to read, no I am not a doctor.
I have a book to my credit, “You Don’t Have to Be Thin to Win.” Published in 2001. Lifestyle book about the journey of my weight loss and tips about how to do it. In some ways it wrote itself as it was personal. Also I had the pressure of a 12-week deadline and help of a seasoned co-writer.
It wasn’t the style of writing I am playing with these days.
I have jumped into many styles of writing since picking up a journal. Since 2013 I have been blogging, writing poetry, song lyrics and the daring attempt at writing a novel(s). The attempt was made much easier with the NaNoMoWri program, an online free resource to help you write.
Last November 2014, in 30 days, I drafted my first novel. It was a challenge but exciting at the same time. Since then I continue write with their program as it puts time, structure and lots of resources to help me write. It was the encouragement I needed to move from my journaling to creative writing.
Where does one start if you want to write? A few thoughts and tips I have found helpful.
- Journaling is a good place to start, it’s you, personal, your views of the world around you and doesn’t require editing or anyone to read it. I found that a safe place to write.
- Writing prompts, sentence teasers, where you get a line, sentence to finish or situation. From that promote you just start writing the first things come to your mind.
- Carrying around a notebook, any moment a thought can hit you, get it out of your head and on to the page.
- Create a space for your writing.
- Each day try to write a little something.
- Open yourself to listening. You will be surprised how it will change your writing
- Write on ideas and subjects that matter to you when you first start out writing
- Take a deep breath, you don’t have to think about how to finish, word counts, editing, just focus on the art of your voice and let that flow upon the page
- Join a local writing group for learning, encouragement and support.
- Consider writing as your time to express yourself.
Do you want to unblock that writer in you? Start with what you can. Don’t let yourself or anyone hold you back from the opportunity to write.
We all have a story to tell, share, now you can start to write that story, poem, music, blog or fill a journal with your voice.
Writing is healthy for the mind, body and soul.
For too many years I have created my own writer’s block, that was me.
Don’t block yourself!
Dream Big Always,
You can find me on Twitter @JudyMolnar or read my blog at www.theweightofmyworld.com